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Russian standby, Chinese gifting and EU impulse: Jelly Belly earmarks international priorities

Jelly Belly’s new international sales chief discusses expanding distribution in China, targeting impulse channels in Europe and the impact of the Russia’s political and economic situation.

Strong franc fallout: Swiss chocolate consumption and domestic sales down

Swiss chocolate consumption has fallen in 2014 and domestic chocolate sales have been hit by rising competition from importers profiting from the strong Swiss Franc, says Chocosuisse.

Cocoa back in deficit for 2014/15, predicts ICCO

The cocoa market is expected to revert to a deficit in the current cocoa year as dry weather and dusty winds harm production.

Thorntons takes £11.7M hit as retailers reduce orders

Thorntons took an £11.7M hit to UK commercial sales in the first half of its financial year after two major accounts significantly reduced orders, although international sales partially offset the damage.

Global sugar prices hit five month low

Latest figures show annual sugar prices dropped 23% year on year globally with expectations that a recovery in prices may be some time yet in coming.

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Unreal Candy relaunches in natural channels

Unreal Candy shifts from mass market to natural channels

Unreal Candy is back on US store shelves after a six month hiatus and the company now...

Lycotec to resubmit L-tug cholesterol-lowering chocolate health claim

Lycotec to resubmit rejected EFSA health claim for 'cholesterol-lowering' chocolate

Biotec firm Lycotec will prepare another dossier to support claims its L-tug ingredient lowers cholesterol after EFSA...

3D chocolate molds add intricate detail: Lehrmitt Design Studios

The next dimension: Chocolate art possible with 3D-printed molds, says design firm

3D chocolate printing is not yet quick enough for industrial production, but chocolate molds created using the...

Mondelez closes Ireland gum plant and cuts chocolate jobs
Polish consolidation

200 layoffs: Mondelēz to streamline Irish choc plants and shut gumbase factory

Mondelēz International plans to close its Tallaght chewing gum ingredient factory and will restructure chocolate production in...

ConfectioneryNews editorial features calendar 2015
Editorial calendar

Better-for-you candy, energy-efficient processing and portion-control: ConfectioneryNews unveils 2015 features lineup

We’ve chosen four topics for our 2015 special editions and are inviting expert comment.

Confectionery marketing to kids under WHO Nutrient Profile model

Confectionery marketing to kids taboo under WHO’s European Region Nutrient Profile model

The World Health Organization (WHO) has proposed a nutrient profiling tool to help European member states that...

Cargill develops method to maximize chewing gum crunch

Crunch time for Cargill with perfect acoustic formula for gum

Cargill has developed an acoustic testing formula that it claims will help manufacturers maximize crunchiness in gum...

Mars defends M&M's artificial colors; says natural switch takes time

Mars defends artificial dyes and says natural switch 'won't happen overnight'

Mars says it is exploring natural alternatives but sees no safety concerns with artificial colors and flavors.

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